People try triathlons for a host of different reasons: to improve their health, to challenge themselves, to build confidence, to connect with other like-minded athletes in the community.
If you’re interested in introducing your children to a fun, no-pressure triathlon – while also helping kids in need from Tu Nidito Children and Family Services – check out the Tucson Family Tri coming up April 19.
“This is a great opportunity to enjoy a healthy day as a family, while letting kids and teens have a test run in multi-sport activities,” said Mary Atkinson, director of wellness for Tucson Medical Center.
The event, a partnership between TMC and the Jewish Community Center, runs from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 19.
The participatory event is not timed and has no age-group awards. All participants will receive a swim cap, an event T-shirt and a ‘dog tag’ medal of participation.
The run and swim leg of the race will be on the Tucson J campus, 3800 E. River Road, and the bike ride for the longer distances will run along the Rillito River Path bike course called The Loop.
The event offers a variety of distances that are appropriate for a range of ages and abilities:
Younger children (about ages 3-6), who must be accompanied by their mentor, can choose a shorter distance triathlon: 25-yard swim / ½-mile bike / ¼-mile run.
School-age children (about ages 5-12) can choose a mid-distance: 50-yard swim / 3-mile bike / ½-mile run.
Older children, teens or adults (recommended over age 12) can choose the Super Sprint distance: 200-yard serpentine swim / 5-mile bike / 1-mile run.
All adults who wish to bike or run in the event must register.
Prices range from $25 – $75, for individual, mentor or family registration.
Tu Nidito Children and Family Services is the official beneficiary, with $5 of each registration fee going to support their services.